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Downloading is the process of copying a file (such as a game or utility) from one computer to another across the internet. When you download a game from our web site, it means you are copying it from the author or publisher’s web server to your own computer. This allows you to install and use the program on your own machine.
Here’s how to download a file using Internet Explorer and Windows XP. (This example shows a download of the file “dweepsetup.exe” from Dexterity Games.) If you’re using a different browser such as Netscape Navigator or a different version of Windows, your screen may look a little different, but the same basic steps should work.
1. Click on the download link for the program you want to download. Many sites offer multiple download links to the same program, and you only need to choose one of these links.
2. You may be asked if you want to save the file or run it from its current location. If you are asked this question, select “Save.” If not, don’t worry — some browsers will automatically choose “Save” for you. (Fig. 3.3(a))
3. You will then be asked to select the folder where you want to save the program or file, using a standard “Save As” dialog box. Pay attention to which folder you select before clicking the “Save” button. It may help you to create a folder like “C:\Download” for all of your downloads, but you can use any folder you’d like.
4. The download will now begin. Your web browser will keep you updated on the progress of the download by showing a progress bar that fills up as you download. You will also be reminded where you’re saving the file. The file will be saved as “C:\Download\dweepsetup.exe” in the picture below.
Note: You may also see a check box labeled “Close this dialog box when download completes.” If you see this check box, it helps to uncheck this box. You don’t have to, but if you do, it will be easier to find the file after you download it.
5. Depending on which file you’re downloading and how fast your connection is, it may take anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes to download. When your download is finished, if you left the “Close this dialog box when download completes” option unchecked, you’ll see a dialog box like this one:
6. Now click the “Open” button to run the file you just downloaded. If you don’t see the “Download complete” dialog box, open the folder where you saved the file and double-click on the icon for the file there.
What happens next will depend on the type of file you downloaded. The files you’ll download most often will end in one of two extensions. (An extension is the last few letters of the filename, after the period.) They are:
o .EXE files: The file you downloaded is a program. Follow the on-screen instructions from there to install the program to your computer and to learn how to run the program after it’s installed.
o .ZIP files: ZIP is a common file format used to compress and combine files to make them download more quickly. Some versions of Windows (XP and sometimes ME) can read ZIP files without extra software. Otherwise, you will need an unzipping program to read these ZIP files. Common unzipping programs are WinZip, PKZIP, and Bit Zipper, but there are also many others. Many unzipping programs are shareware, which means you will need to purchase them if you use them beyond their specified trial period.
When there is a transfer of data from a remote system to another remote system, the process is called "remote uploading". This is used by some online file hosting services. Remote uploading is also used in situations where the computers that need to share data are located on a distant high-speed LAN, and the remote control is being performed using a comparatively slow dial-up modem connection.
- The user remotely accesses a file hosting service at MyRemoteHost.
- The user finds a public file at PublicRemoteHost and wants to keep a copy in their MyRemoteHost.
- To have it done they "remote upload" the file from PublicRemoteHost to MyRemoteHost.
- None of the hosts are located on the user's local network.
Without remote uploading functionality, the user would be required to download the file first to their local host and then upload it to the remote file hosting server. Where the connection to the remote computers is via a dial-up connection, the transfer time required to download locally and then upload again could increase from seconds to hours or days.
Guidelines for Safe Downloads
- While downloading any file close all the applications that are running on your computer, let only one set-up file run at a time of downloading.
- Close all the important applications in order to be safe if something goes wrong while downloading.
- Set firewalls, set antivirus to actively scan all the files you download.
- Scan all the files after you download whether from websites or links received from e-mails.
- Always use updated antivirus, spam filter and spyware to help detect and remove virus, spyware from the application you want to download.
- Never download any files like music, video, games and many more from untrusted sites and don’t go by the recommendations given by your friends or made by any random website's comments.
- Check that the URLs are same and always download games, music or videos from the secure websites like which use HTTPS websites instead of HTTP. In the web address, it replaces “http” to https”. The https refers to the hypertext transfer protocol secure.
- Download anything only from thrust worthy websites. Don’t click links to download anything you see on unauthorized sites.
- If any dirty words appear on the website just close the window no matter how important it is, because spyware may be installed on your PC from such websites.
- Check the size of the file before you download, sometimes it shows a very small size but after you click it increases the size of the file.
- Never believe anything which says click on this link and your computer settings will be changed and your PC can be turned into XBOX and can play unlimited games on your computer.
- Don’t accept anything that offers you free download because that may contain malicious software.
- Don’t click the link or file and let it start download automatically, download the file and save where you want save and then run on the application.
- Set secure browser settings before you download anything.
- Read carefully before you click on install or run application. That means read terms and conditions.
- Don’t download anything until you know complete information of the website and know whether it is an original site of an original company.
- Never download from the links that offer free antivirus or anti spyware software, always download from trusted sites, if you are not sure about the site you are downloading, enter the site into favourite search engine to see anyone posted or reported that it contains unwanted technologies
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